June 6th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Details emerge from Obama-Clinton meeting

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/06/art.obamaclinton.ap.jpg caption="Obama and Clinton held a closed-door meeting Friday."](CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday shed some light on the surprise meeting between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that took place at the California Democrat's Washington home Thursday night.

“I received them. Put them in the living room in two comfortable chairs facing one another and left,” Feinstein said Friday morning. (WATCH: Obama spokesman grilled on surprise meeting)

“They talked. I went upstairs and did my work," Feinstein continued. "They called me when it was over. I came down and said ‘good night everybody, I hope you had a good meeting.’ They were laughing and that was it.”

Among the other details Feinstein divulged:

– The meeting took place at 9 p.m. and lasted about an hour.
– Clinton called Feinstein Thursday afternoon to see if they could use her house.
– Feinstein served them water but nothing else.
– No one else was in the room with them. One person from each of the campaigns went to a separate room, a study, in the house. Security waited outside.

Asked why Clinton and Obama kept the meeting so quiet, Feinstein said the two formal rivals wanted "wanted an opportunity to meet together alone." (WATCH: Gergen, Brazile, Rollins discuss the meeting)

This is a deeply personal time too," Feinstein added. "You’re sorting out your feelings. Hillary’s going to be giving a big speech tomorrow. Barack is trying to put things together for a major presidential campaign. "

"There are a lot of decompression, nerve endings, that need to come together," she continued. "I think the opportunity to sit down, just the two of them, was positive."

soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Esmaralda

    elmerg – well spoken.

    ... why would anyone at this juncture speak about 'moron Obama supporters' ? Its sad if we can not unite on the road to defeat the Republican rule of the United States, is it not?

    June 6, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. james

    I don't care what comes out of the meeting...
    As a staunch and intelligent/educated Hillary supporter I will vote for McCain as a vote against Obama boy. He and his followers have insulted the best candidate and her supporters. They were childish and arrogant and outright inhumane.

    So if Hillary even should want or accept the VP slot I am sorry but I will not be able to vote for that scary mystery of a candidate. No way.

    Hillary – stay far away from him and run in 2012 if you can!!!

    June 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    The times they are changin'.....

    Hillary and Barack have already clearly changed the nature of American politics, showing that the Presidency is open to everyone. Now, he has stepped up and changed the way the DNC is funded by rejecting lobbyist and PAC donations. They will, together, continue changing the politic climate. She will always be a major figure in the Democratic party and a historical political leader. He will, with the support of his party and the American people, change the direction of our country.

    Respect and gratitude is due to them both. Hillary supporters are understandably disappointed, and that is easily translated to anger. But they will see that any vote against Obama (McCain, Clinton write-in OR stay home) is a vote against a better future. Senators Obama and Clinton will show their commitment to change and bring their supporters to the voting booth in November, when Democrats will take back not just the White House but also achieve a functioning majority in both houses of Congress.

    As for those (like Mike in Raleigh) who have rationalized illogical and emotional reasoning...and those who accept outright mistruths (like "Obama is a Muslim") well, you can't fix stupid....

    June 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Rick from Bowie

    Mike, Raleigh

    Your fuzzy math is disturbing. 10M, 18M votes WHAT!!!
    You actually count like clinton which is why she could lose in every, EVERY statistical category and still believe she won when the race was long since done.

    June 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. jeff - Dallas

    Give Clinton a nice Cabinet post like Secretary of Health and Human Services. That way she can drive her pet projects, and not be an albatross around the campaigns neck as the VP candidate during the General Election.

    Obama 08

    June 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Silence Dogood

    As a Clinton fan, I am very pleased to see them sitting down together to talk. He realizes she deserves respect for being who she is just as he does. I hope the rabid Clinton haters out there follow their leader's example. Remember most of what you are repeating about her is old neo-con mythology.

    Mutual respect – interesting concept.

    June 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Well said Anne....I agree...we need to let them sort it out.....

    June 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. dorothy

    Hillary and Obama are sitting down talking to each other. Having a good time and parting on GOOD TERMS. Talking about how to unite the party and how to move the party forward and we are still fighting, name calling, Hillary bashing, Obama bashing, threatening to change parties, threatening not to vote or vote for McCain, etc. What's wrong with that picture?

    June 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Tee, in Minneapolis

    Civility in politics! Nice example.

    June 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Esmaralda

    A question from a curious. Without 'yelling' in capital letters (please) – can we initiate a serious conversation in the blog sphere about why Hillary supporters would possibly vote on McCain with the reality of Obama being the democratic nominee? My question is – do the majority of Clinton supporters really believe that Clinton herself would vote for McCain over Obama? I for one, as a democrat, do not believe Clinton would ever vote for any Republican over Obama as our President come the election in 2008. Please, do explain this phenomena – I think it would be a valuable debate (that I hope Obama supporters will have the poise to take without any sort of nastiness too (in the spirit of the debate that Obama seems to support))

    June 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Dem in Chicago

    I can tell this talk of Clinton supporters voting McCain is ALREADY starting to fade. Well done democrats! We're sure to win in Nov!

    June 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. king from toronto

    if hillary supporters don't vote for obama,so be it! he's gonna be president,an it's gonna be on you guys,not being a part of history.what are you goin to tell your grandkids??

    June 6, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Generation X

    Whatever has to be done to win the White House! As Rick James would say," UNITY!"

    June 6, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Shannon Wadding

    I am an Independant in Minnesota and I ask–Why do we need a two-party electorate system in America?

    In Europe, many parties are acknowledged on the ballot, in which case more people become involved in their elections.

    I think Senator Clinton would do best in the cabinet position of Secretary of State. Hillary has the foriegn diplomatic experience when she served as the First Lady.

    June 6, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Nomis

    Obama is too smart to put Hillary on his ticket, so if he does he will have been intimidated by the Clinton machine. If I were Obama, I would rather lose the election than be tortured, tormented and undermined by the in-House Clintons for four years. Forget about there ever being eight years.

    June 6, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Tired of the antics, PA

    I am glad to see that they can act as adults now. I do not want four more years of Bush with McCain, no more illegal wire taps, needless wars, etc. It is time for democrats to focus on the real problem and not destroy each other's candidate of choice. That battle is over, now the real contest begins.

    June 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Donna

    What a man of Integrity! He truly wants what's best for our country and initiating this meeting tells us a lot about this man. I think he is going to make a great president.

    June 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. RRO

    I wish their supporters would take a their que from them and see how they come together to talk, away from the media and supporters, away from the partisanship and the demands.

    They truly are the leaders of our Democratic Party. My respect grows for Obama day by day and I was always crazy about Hilary. They are comming together and its time for the party to do the same.

    Obama/ Clinton 08 or Obama/? as long as Hilary is in Cabinet.

    June 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Joe Regis

    She will complement the work that you've been doing.

    Don't go it alone. It's a lot of work.

    Obama/Clinton 08 &12

    June 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Darren M.

    If Obama and Hillary can meet and come together, the voters in their parties should be able to do the same. After all the infighting is over, everybody has to realize what the bigger picture is... making sure those who support Bush policies aren't allowed to continue enforcing them.

    The Dems infighting needs to be over. We need to shake hands and all get on the same page, because we are family. If we don't, 2 years from now, we'll think what's going on now in this country was "the good ol days. We need to shut down the lies, the rhetoric, the sexism, racism, and all the other ism's that are dividing up the Dem. Party.

    With all the voters that both Obama and Hillary can bring to the table, we should win in November. But the question is to Hillary supporters, how bad do you want it? Protest votes, and no votes equal at least 4 more years of suffering. I personally don't want to suffer another 4 years, so I'm putting my money with the "presumptive nominee"

    June 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Sara

    Let's get these two on the ticket together and kick some McCain a*s. I'm a proud Hillary supporter, but I'm also proud to vote Obama in November.

    June 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Carter

    I did not like Obama, at all, but I'm open to change, and new ideas, and being from AZ, and liking John McCain, I STILL LOVE the idea of ANY democrat in the White House. The world will rest easier. I do hope he chooses Hillary, or Gov. Napolitano. Either would unite the party. He needs a female VP.

    June 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Jeff, AL

    I am sure her VP offer is a done deal. Realistically, it is the only way to unify the party and beat McCain. She has a significant amount of the votes of the Democrats. It's not like she only has a small percentage. She has at least half the votes and more popular votes fromt he primaries than does he. He needs the support of her followers to win. He knows it, we all know it.

    June 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. William Walker

    A true democrat will vote for the candidate that is most qualified to be our president. Senator Obama Iraq retreat policy will cause troops to be slaughter in Iraq and some might make it out of Iraq. I will vote for Senator McCain because his Iraq policy will protect our troops and bring the troops home with honor.

    June 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. pete


    June 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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